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Haitians protest as country postpones election

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 01:01

Haitians march on the streets and burn tyres in the capital, after the country called off its presidential election. Yiming Woo reports.

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Many Haitians in Port-au-Prince are angry and they're taking tyres out to burn. The country has called off its presidential election two days before the vote, over concerns of escalating violence. The opposition candidate has said he wouldn't take part in the election. He claims that the first round vote in October was rigged to favour Jovenel Moise, the ruling party candidate. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) HAITIAN PROTESTER, IDENTIFIED AS NESLY, SAYING: "We, the people, want to say something. What we mean is that we have no problem with Jovenel Moise himself. But if Jovenel wants to be president, it must happen within legality, but the way they want to win is unacceptable and that is why elections must be cancelled and we will never accept this." Moise said the vote represented "the will of the people" even if he was the only candidate fully participating. The election has already been postponed twice before and it's unclear when the vote will actually happen. Haiti is struggling to rebuild from a devastating earthquake six years ago and to get out of decades of political dysfunction.

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Haitians protest as country postpones election

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 01:01